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I am a young person feeling worried, low and stressed

CAMHS provides support to children and young people who are coping with significant mental health difficulties.

What can they do for you?

CAMHS provides support to children and young people who are coping with significant mental health difficulties.

They can help with a range of serious mental health problems, including:

• significant self-harm and risk-taking behaviours
• depression and severe anxiety disorders
• obsessive-compulsive disorders
• complex and/or significant post-traumatic disorders
• severe behavioural difficulties
• mental health or severe emotional difficulties in children with a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome
• psychosis

How do they do it?

They help you when you are experiencing some of the clues that you might be stressed, worried or needing some extra support:

• Eating: Losing your appetite or wanting to eat more than normal
• Sleeping: Sleepless nights, waking in the night or waking up early
• Friendships: Avoiding your friends or needing extra distractions
• Exercise: Feeling drained of energy or exercising more than usual
• Family: Your family or friends may have said they’re worried about you
• Drugs and alcohol: Using these to try and cope with your emotions.

The first and most important step is recognising that you might need some help and talking to someone about it – but that isn’t always easy. Sometimes, your friends or family might even notice that you need help before you do.

CAMHS work closely with the children and young people who come to see them in order to make decisions together about the therapy or treatment that will best help. If it’s appropriate, they also work with parents or carers too, to agree on the right way to offer support.

When you first come to CAMHS, they will take the time to get to know you and talk about who might help you and how they might do that. You can read more about what to expect from a CAMHS appointment here.

CAMHS Dorset – About your CAMHS appointment

What benefits could you experience?

The CAMHS service helps children and young people in Dorset who are experiencing significant mental health issues, but there are lots of other local services and resources that can provide support if you’re worried, need to talk, or are simply looking for a little advice.

Remember that if you need to speak to someone urgently about any kind of mental health issue, please call Childline free on 0800 11 11. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you don’t want to talk, you can also visit the Childline website.

Where do they operate?

Across PCN area

How to contact them or get there

East Dorset and Purbeck

CAMHS, Delphwood, Ashdown Close, Poole, BH17 8WG

Telephone: 01202 605882 or 01202 605883

08.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Support Information for carers

Bridgit is an online tool that allows people to explore free well-being, employment, finance and care advice and events, local and national support services, and training opportunities. People can also build their own ‘self-care plan’. It’s all available any time of day and without registering first.

Follow this link to access bridgit, Online Support (

People who prefer not to, or cannot go online can call Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 to discover the free support and help available.


Carer Support Dorset can help you find the support you need for your caring role.

Freephone number for Carers 0800 368 8349

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